Call for Participation in the Blue Waters Student Internship Program
Preparation for petascale computing requires solid grounding in Computational Science and
Engineering (CSE), HPC and HPC-related curricula. As a community, we must address the engagement of a larger and more diverse workforce to
broaden participation and to ensure that CSE education keeps pace with the evolution of
science and technology. We will leverage faculty expertise to establish best practices,
identify and fill gaps, and modernize the CSE curriculum across all science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The NCSA Blue Waters petascale computing facility funded by NSF will support this effort by
providing 1% of the computing capacity of its computational infrastructure in direct support
of educational applications. The Blue Waters system will support sustained petaflop performance of scientific codes, and
thereby provide a unique educational learning experience for students across the nation.
Rationale and Audience
The Blue Waters education emphasis is intended to prepare the next generation of
undergraduate and graduate students, the next generation of K-12 teachers, and an educated
workforce. All undergraduate institutions are encouraged to participate including 2- and
4-year colleges and universities, minority serving institutions, EPSCoR institutions,
women's colleges, and institutions addressing special needs students.
To achieve these goals, the Blue Waters Student Internship Program (BWSIP) is launching
research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students to engage the national community.
Who should participate in the Blue Waters Student Internship Program?
Undergraduate faculty who would like to mentor an undergraduate student in a year-long
internship in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics that involves teaching or
researching the use of high-performance computing in studying problems in these fields.
Undergraduate students interested in participating in a year-long science or engineering
internship. Students must be enrolled as undergraduates through Spring 2018 at a U.S.
Students and faculty who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM are
strongly encouraged to participate in the program; including women, minorities, and
persons with disabilities.
Beginning graduate students who have a research advisor are eligible to apply to attend
the Petascale Institute and will have their expenses covered by the program; any stipend
would be the responsibility of their own research advisor.
What is the Blue Waters Student Internship Program?
Support is provided by the NSF-funded Blue Waters Project for sustained petascale computing to
support year-long undergraduate internship experiences involving the application of
high-performance computing to problems in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. The
program provides a student stipend totaling $5000, a two-week intensive high-performance
computing workshop, an allocation on the Blue Waters supercomputer, and, for select students,
travel to the Blue Waters Symposium 2018.
This program provides support for undergraduate internship activities at any accredited degree
granting institution in the United States. The internships awarded through this program may be
to students working with a faculty mentor on their home campus, or at another campus.
Interested faculty need to create a position description, and can specify a particular student
that the position is intended for, or may select a qualified applicant with Blue Waters
support through our program.
How can I promote the Blue Waters Student Internship Program?
A flyer is available (in pdf format) to inform students and colleagues about this program. In
addition, a PowerPoint slide is available to let students know about the program.
When is the Blue Waters Student Internship Program?
Student applications and intern position descriptions from faculty must be submitted by
February 1, 2017. Be sure to click the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the web form to be
entered into the BWSIP system. Review and selection will be conducted in early February, with
notifications being made by February 15.
A two-week workshop will be held in late May / early June at the National Center for
Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) facilities on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
campus. Interns are expected to work full-time over the Summer and as their schedules allow
during the academic year. Work plans will need to be arranged by the student and faculty
mentor and approved by the Blue Waters Student Internship Program.
As part of the program, students and faculty will apply for and receive education allocations
on the Blue Waters supercomputer. This process is detailed on the
Blue Waters website.
How do I apply for the Blue Waters Student Internship Program?
By clicking the button at the top or bottom of this page, faculty should create
descriptions of undergraduate internship positions they have available, indicating either
that the position is intended for a particular student applicant or that it is open to
By clicking the button at the top or bottom of this page, eligible undergraduate students
should submit an application for consideration. There is an area on the form where
students can identify a faculty member as a mentor. Students who have taken the initiative
to arrange an internship with a faculty mentor are more likely to be selected for this
program than students who have not.